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Tepantitla (Great Goddess of Teotihuacan)

In years leading up to 1942, a series of murals were found in the Tepantitla compound in Teotihuacan. The Tepantitla compound provided housing for what appears to have been high status citizens and its walls (as well as much of Teotihuacan) are adorned with brightly painted frescoes. The largest figures within the murals depicted complex and ornate deities or supernaturals. In 1942, archaeologist Alfonso Caso identified these central figures as a Teotihuacan equivalent of Tlaloc, the Mesoamerican god of rain and warfare.

View into the main room of the Tepantitla compound. In front is the mural with the Great Goddess of Teotihuacan (or Teotihuacan Spider Woman).

Details of the Mountain Stream mural from the Tepantitla compound which appears under the Great Goddess portrait.

The Great Goddess of Teotihuacan (or Teotihuacan Spider Woman), from the Tepantitla compound, is a proposed goddess of the pre-Columbian Teotihuacan civilization.